Status Report

Deep Impact – the Events Ahead / ESA TV Exchanges / 28-06-2005

By SpaceRef Editor
June 27, 2005
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

28-Jun-05 09:15 – 09:30 GMT

Deep Impact – the Events Ahead

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay I: 28 June 15:00-15:15 GMT

Replay II: 2 July 10:30-10:45 GMT

Astronomers are about to witness a collision in space to rival a Hollywood epic. On 4 July at 05:52 GMT, NASA’s Deep Impact probe will be hurtling into the side of comet Tempel 1, sending out dust and gas from the comet’s interior.

Europe’s astronomers will be pointing their best telescopes at the event, ready to scrutinize the ancient materials that until now have been frozen within the comet’s body. This is a natural precursor to ESA’s Rosetta cometary mission which seeks to perform the subtler task of orbiting and landing on a comet.

The ESA TV Service will provide extensive live coverage on Deep Impact. The scheduling and satellite details are online today under

ESA TV in the morning of 4 July will also be broadcast on Astra 1G for general public direct-to-home satellite reception.

Today’s Exchange focuses on the Deep Impact event from a European perspective, inlcuding soundbites by Jochen Kissel from the Max-Planck-Institute in Germany, who is a co-Investigator for both Deep Impact and Rosetta.

The Exchange includes new, yet unreleased ESA and NASA computer animation on Deep Impact and on the observation of the event by ground and space-based telescopes.

The script is online now as a PDF file under

This ESA TV Exchanges feed is transmitted by the European Commission’s “Europe by Satellite” (EbS) service. You can find the complete transmission schedule and download scripts and shot lists, also for ESA TV items, from the EbS Web site at

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:EUTELSAT HOT BIRD at 13° East (DVB/MPEG-2)

Horizontal, F=12,476 MHz (MCPC, Europe by Satellite)

SR=27,500 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

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SpaceRef staff editor.